RCMP Musical Ride

Canada Day long weekend fun in Ottawa

This year, Canada Day falls on a Friday, which means you can enjoy a long weekend of fun in Ottawa. This includes events such as a heritage fair, performing arts for kids, pro sports, multicultural and music festivals, and much more! We’ve gathered some highlights below to inspire you in planning your “Canada Days” long weekend. And of course, leave some time to attend the official Canada Day programming including concerts and family-friendly fun, taking place on July 1st at two new sites just west of Parliament Hill.

Event highlights

Join the roaring crowds at TD Place Stadium at Lansdowne as Ottawa’s Canadian Football League (CFL) team battles for a chance at the Grey Cup.
Canada Day Fireworks
Canada Day
Take part in the biggest Canada Day party in the country each year on July 1 in Canada’s capital region!
Sunset Ceremony at the RCMP Stables
RCMP Musical Ride Sunset Ceremonies
Watch the world-famous RCMP Musical Ride Mounties perform a free, time-honoured tradition in Canada’s capital, including complex and thrilling cavalry…
Big Bang Festival
A one-of-a-kind festival of musical adventures, inviting children and their families on a colourful journey featuring a rich array of sound concepts…
Almonte Celtfest
A fun weekend of Ottawa Valley and Celtic entertainment, a time to share the historical Celtic traditions with today’s local performers. Celtfest also…
TD Ottawa Jazz Festival
Ottawa Jazz Festival
During this summer jazz festival, outdoor stages, theatres, galleries, restaurants and clubs throughout downtown Ottawa buzz with fans enjoying every kind of jazz—from big band to avant garde—and more.

Long weekend inspiration

Tavern on the Falls
Great patios by Ottawa neighbourhood
Looking for the ultimate patio spot in Ottawa? Check out some of the best restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs with outdoor spaces, by neighbourhood.
Byward Market, strawberries
Shop local at Ottawa farmers' markets
Looking to buy seasonal produce, handmade items and unique local specialities? Visit one of the many daily or weekly farmers' markets in Canada's capital!
From Pepinot to PAW Patrol® – Television of Our Childhoods
Special exhibits
Special exhibits are always plentiful at Ottawa-area museums. Here are just a few of the current and upcoming temporary exhibits.

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